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Going from 2017 to 2018

A blog about photography

My first print that I sold! 

2017. What a year. My photography took some serious steps in the right direction. Got my own website, I currently having a exposition at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Zwijndrecht (Netherlands), sold some prints, got some big time jobs like photographing the CEO! In Total I took 5419 photos this year. 

My following on Instagram grew from just 100 followers to over 800! Big thank you for everyone who is following me! 

We started the year with a short trip to Winterberg in Germany. The weekend was cold, a lot of snow, absolutely no interesting skies. On our second to last day there, we went for a walk through the woods and the mist rolled in. This started to get interesting, right!? 

After some photos, I saw this  picture perfect moment happening before my eyes. Some beautiful tall trees, a path right in the middle, some colour in the trees and on the path. Click! 
But, then this happening right when I was packing my camera. Someone walked past us, said hi and disappeared in the mist. I didn't know quickly I had to get my camera out of my backpack, but it worked out in the end! First photo of the year and the first print I have sold! Awesome of the year!  

In September we had another first! For the first time we had a photo (on the left) which surpassed the 2500 likes bar! My phone went crazy! 

This photo was taken during sunrise at Mesa Arch in Canyonland National Park. 

It was a bit of challenge to get here. Not because of the trail to get to this spot. That's just a 20 minute walk. The challenging part was to get there in time. To be able to have a spot to photograph you need to be there at least 60 minutes before sunrise. So, the sunrise was at 07:08AM. We arrived there at Mesa Arch at 05:45AM. To get there at 05:45AM, we got in our car by 04:45AM because it is an our drive out of Moab! 

Yes, it's early, but it's al worth it! When you're there, just do it! 

I have used Instagram a lot this year. I tried to post every workday a new photo (www.instagram.com/bettmanphotography). Instagram has a new function that will show you your best liked images on Instagram. 

As you can see you all have liked my photos for a wopping 14035 times! THANK YOU! 


Matthijs Bettman